COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal
|COVID-19 pandemic in Nepal|
|First outbreak||Wuhan, Hubei, China|
|Index case||Kathmandu, Bagmati Pradesh|
|Arrival date||23 January 2020|
(1 year, 8 months and 2 weeks)
|Corona Info, Health Ministry (Nepali)|
COVID-19 dashboard, Home Ministry (English)
Cases[change | change source]
The first patient in Nepal showed mild symptoms and was released a week earlier and told to self-quarantine at home. Between January and March, Nepal took steps to prevent a widespread outbreak of the disease. The second case was confirmed on 23 March 2020 in Kathmandu. The first case of local transmission was confirmed on 4 April in Kailali District. As of 14 May 2020[update], a total of 246 cases have been confirmed, affecting 22 districts in six provinces. Thirty two of them have been confirmed recovered.
Response[change | change source]
A country-wide lockdown came into effect from 24 March through 18 May.
Nepal created health-desks at the international airport as well as on border checkpoints with India, starting in mid-January. Land borders with India as well as China were later completely sealed off.
Nepal cancelled its international promotional activities related to Visit Nepal Year 2020. Its economy is expected to be severely affected by the pandemic due to its impact on foreign employment, tourism, manufacturing, construction and trade.
There have been more cases among Nepalese abroad than at home, with 2,000 confirmed cases globally, and dozens of deaths.
References[change | change source]
- "नेपालको पछिल्लो तथ्यांक (Nepal's latest statistics)". Ministry of Health and Population (in Nepali). Archived from the original on 23 April 2020. Retrieved 2020-05-22.
- "Govt to carry out impact assessment of coronavirus on economy". The Himalayan Times. 2020-03-06. Archived from the original on 31 March 2020. Retrieved 2020-03-24.